By Raymond L. Poltorak

This year, more than 7,000 of the world’s leading corrosion professionals will meet in San Diego for NACE International’s 58th Annual Conference, CORROSION/2003, March 16-20, 2003. Due to the staggering numbers reported in the Cost of Corrosion study, topping the agenda this year will be preventative corrosion control strategies that could potentially save billions of dollars a year and help protect public safety and the environment.

Full service
This year, 37 symposia, more than 475 papers, roughly 250 technical committee meetings, and 10 educational courses/seminars all dealing with corrosion prevention and control will highlight the event.

As in years past, a premier event will be the NACExpo. It attracts nearly 600 exhibitors displaying the latest in corrosion prevention technology and occupying more than 250,000 square feet of the convention center.

Going after water
Specifically targeted to the water industry will be a technical symposium dedicated to recent advances in water treatment. The symposium consists of technical papers that explore fundamental as well as applied technologies in water treatment. These will cover such topics as field performance of an advanced cooling deposit control technology; experiences with a new cooling water automation system; ultra-low dosages for calcium carbonate scale control; monitoring microbiological activity in wastewater systems using ultraviolet radiation as an alternative to chlorine gas, etc. Also, a number of technical meetings dealing with corrosion in water treatment will include monitoring and control in cooling water systems, corrosion control of potable water systems used in buildings, biocide monitoring and control techniques, corrosion and scale/deposit inhibitors, water treatment storage vessels and associated equipment, and many more.

NACE will also be offering a number of its education courses including basic corrosion, March 10-14. This is a 4 ½ -day course that focuses on corrosion and potential problems caused by corrosion. It provides a basic but thorough review of corrosion causes and methods so it can be identified, monitored and controlled with proven strategies and know-how.

About the author
Raymond Poltorak is communications director for NACE International, of Houston. A professional engineering society focused on corrosion issues, NACE has 15,000 members. Poltorak can be reached at (281) 228-6276, (281) 228-6376 (fax) or email:


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